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They were dropped 25 km far away from Sid, telling them 'Go taliban, don’t come again'

Date & Time 2017-03-10
Location Tovarnik, Croatia
Reported by Rigardu
Coordinates 44.97381466, 19.09452758
Pushback from Croatia
Pushback to Serbia
Taken to a police station no
Minors involved no
WLTI* involved no
Men involved yes
Age unknown
Group size 5
Countries of origin Afghanistan, Pakistan
Treatment at police station or other place of detention
Overall number of policemen and policewomen involved 3
Violence used beating (with batons/hands/other), pushing people to the ground, theft of personal belongings
Police involved 3 Croatian police officers, one with a black uniform, one without a police uniform and another one with a t-shirt

On the 3rd of October, 2017, 5 men from Afghanistan and Pakistan were pushed-back from Croatia to Serbia during the night.

The people-on-the-move entered Croatia and walked approximately 15-20 km inland. They were caught by the police close to a road. While they were being body-searched, the police pushed them on their car, with their faces against the vehicle. When one started bleeding, they stopped. Our interviewee got bruises on his face. He didn’t ask for asylum, because he experienced that the police answers were always negative such as “fuck you” or “kill yourself”.

One other man’s leg got injured because he was pushed by the police on the car. Three of their mobile phones were taken. It was the 5th time our interviewee’s mobile phone was stolen in this way.

They were brought back to Serbia in a closed car: five people-on-the-move in the back and two policemen in the front. They were dropped 25 km far away from Šid, telling them:

“Go Taliban, don’t come again”.

The interviewee remembers three police officers: one with a black uniform, one without a police uniform and another one with just a t-shirt.